1776 Militia Rifleman, Waynesville
The slightly larger than life-size statue stands on a rock pedestal. It depicts a frontiersman in traditional dress, with a small clutch and powder horn slung across his shoulder and a large buck knife at the waist. The head is slightly raised and turned to his left as if looking off toward the horizon. In his right hand is a Kentucky flintlock rifle.
July 4, 2019
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The dedication ceremony took place in front of the Historic Haywood County Courthouse on Thursday, July 4,2019, at 2 p.m. The Downtown Waynesville Association held its Stars & Stripes Celebration that day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The statue is located near the Haywood County Courthouse at 215 N. Main Street, Waynesville, NC.
Also located nearby are the Haywood County All Veterans Memorial, the Haywood County Korean War Memorial, the Memorial Tablet to Revolutionary Soldiers, the Haywood County Confederate Monument, and the Haywood County Vietnam Memorial.
The statue stands on the landscaped grounds of the Old Haywood County Court House.